According to some, there’s shame in living in your own world. According to others, there’s a universe in every single one of us. Fiction wouldn’t be birthed if it wasn’t for the capacity we have to even possess a sense of our own inner world. As crazy as it might sound, products, services and systems are created from the mind in the same way. They use the same faculties for different outcomes.
Mental faculties provide use value for the sense that provides these things, the inner world. It would make sense to take care of this very valuable asset, the same way that we would our bank account, yes?
Essential to assets are the economy that they provide value to. Some live in their own economy while others live in the ones that are made for them. As business ownership demonstrates on a daily basis, anyone can create the circumstances that they believe are ideal and sustain it with service to and from others.
‘The economy is defined as a social domain that emphasizes the practices, discourses, and material expressions associated with the production, use, and management of resources’. source: James, Paul; with Magee, Liam; Scerri, Andy; Steger, Manfred B. (2015). Urban Sustainability in Theory and Practice: Circles of Sustainability. London: Routledge. p. 53.
The system that sustains itself can be considered an economy. The asset is what is useful to an economy. Your economy is likely different from another’s. According to Jeffery Combs, there are three things every individual requires in the wake of their vocations: the habits, skills and mindset. It ensures a functioning, sustainable internal economy as you grow into the person your vocation(s) and goals require you to become.
How do you use the resources you have to grow your economy? Does it play nice with the economy that encompasses everyone else? How about the people you aim to serve? As a personal example, I prosper the places that prosper me as I take home the rest.
If habits, skills and mindset were put on a scale of 1-10 with ten being the highest score you could rate yourself, where do they stand for you?
To assist the former: how do the environments you produce, rest and recreate in look? Are you capable of doing what your goals require? If the answer is no, how can you develop the qualities that your goals and vocations require?
Would you say that you have a growth or fixed mindset? Is that reflected in your actions?
Are you an asset to your dreams and aspirations?
Here’s more on the trifecta from Jeffery Combs himself.
Acting on information useful to you, or not, is also a choice that builds a habit. Which one will you commit to today?